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CTE and WIB communities use of MSSC in implementing WIOA

The enactment of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which went into effect on July 1, 2015, provides new opportunities for the workforce system and Career and Technical Education (CTE) to work together based on one of the key WIOA requirements of having employer engagement determine skill needs.


Manufacturing and logistics communities have a tool in MSSC to provide meaning and depth in defining skill needs, the MSSC Production and Logistics Skill Standards. These high standards provide the substantive foundation for the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) training and certification system.


The 2015 updated Standards have been released and are available at no cost through the MSSC website ( MSSC strongly encourages the CTE and WIB communities to use these updated Standards as an authoritative reference and starting point with area manufacturing and logistics companies.


Please review the NSC WIOA and CTE 2015 Worksheet outlining areas where alignment can occur.  


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US manufacturing costs almost as low as China's
According to an article in the July 2, 2015 issue of Fortune magazine with the headline Closing a Factory Gap, Thanks to Fracking, "You don't need to a Nobel Prize in economics to know that the fracking revolution has been good for the U.S.
What's not so well known is just how competitive cheap oil and gas has made American manufacturing.
BCG, the Boston consultancy, estimates the average cost to manufacture goods in the U.S. is now only 5% higher than in China and is actually 10% to 20% lower than in major European economies. Even more striking: BCG projects that by 2018 it will be 2% to 3% cheaper to make stuff here than in China.

Please click here for the Fortune Magazine article excerpt.



Students say college not preparing them for the job market

According to a recent Education Week article, findings from a new Hanover Research study show about two-thirds of students feel that high school prepared them adequately for college, but they don't give their colleges very high marks in getting them ready for the job market.


Just 35 percent of the 1,000 college students polled said college was effective in preparing them for a job, according to the McGraw-Hill Education 2015 Workforce Survey conducted online by Hanover Research. In college, 58 percent said they did not learn how to network or conduct a job search, 56 percent did not learn how to conduct themselves in a job interview, and 51 percent said they had no guidance in writing a resume.


Please click here for the full Education Week article.


Skilled Labor Tops Site Selector Priorities
A May, 2015 article written by Laura Pizzo for Economic Modeling (EMCI) states that, "for economic development professionals, the stakes are high when demonstrating workforce availability. According to the 2014 Area Development survey of company executives, the availability of skilled labor has rapidly become the No. 1 factor in site decisions (labor costs are No. 3). Even in cases where workforce availability is not the most important factor, it is still enough to sway decision-makers." 


Melanie Moore, senior director of business intelligence at JAXUSA Partnership (the economic development arm of the Jacksonville, Florida, chamber of commerce emphasized, "It doesn't matter if you have free land, free buildings, etc., if you don't have the people to work in the jobs, there's no point in [a business] coming."


Please click here for the full EMCI article.


Talent shortage grows as a key risk for the manufacturing industry

Although the manufacturing industry is in resurgence, concern over the industry's talent shortage is escalating, according to the third annual BDO Manufacturing RiskFactor Report.


The challenge is compounded as talent on the factory floor and in the C-suite approaches retirement. It is estimated that by 2030, more than 20% of Americans are projected to be aged 65 and over, compared with 13% in 2010 and 9.8% in 1970, according to a recent study from the U.S. Census Bureau. Amid the retirement of leading innovators and strategists, 74% of manufacturers mentioned concerns around attracting, retaining and motivating key personnel and management, up from 69% in 2014 and 62% in 2013.


Please click here for the full MMH article.




Student highlight from CCAC in Pennsylvania

Sylvia Elsayed, Project Manager, TAACCCT Grant, Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania (CCAC) shared their success with MSSC CPT.

Ms. Elsayed explained, "Zack Kuzma and Stephanie Womack are both graduates of the MSSC CPT program and received the full MSSC CPT certification.  They were hired by The Techs ( which is a division of Steel Dynamics. 

In December 2013, representatives from The Techs visited the CCAC CPT class to inform students about current employment opportunities at three different plant locations in Pittsburgh.  A special intake test session was offered by the company for both Mechatronics and CPT students in December 2013 and 11 students signed up and completed testing.  In March 2014, two students interviewed for the Material Handler position. From this testing session they hired one individual,  Zack Kuzma who was working part time at Giant Eagle grocery store (not unemployed but certainly underemployed) and he started in April 2014. Zack is still employed by The Techs and really loves his job and the fact that it is full time with benefits. 


Without his CPT certification, Zack said he would not have had the opportunity to test and be hired by The Techs.  Stephanie was hired by The Techs in January 2015 also as a material handler.  She was an unemployed iron worker who was having no luck finding a job.  Not only has The Techs hired Zack and Stephanie they have also sent approximately 8 of their current employees to take the Mechatronics program. Both Zack and Stephanie are very happy at the Techs and even got a chance to meet President Obama and Vice President Biden."


To view the full MSSC photo gallery, please click here. President's visit to MSSC assessment center.


Polk State enrolls students in mfg. workshops with MSSC certificates

Participants in the Florida TRADE "boot camp" spend just over three weeks in class, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During those three weeks, participants also take the assessments required to earn the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification and the OSHA-30 Industrial Safety certification, which validates training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces.

Please click here for the full Polk State article.


LCC in Michigan focusing on manufacturing with new pilot program

Thanks in part to a grant from the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing, as many as 20 Lansing Community College (LCC) students will receive production technician certification through hands-on and classroom exercises beginning July 7 at LCC's West Campus.

Students who complete the free six-week program will receive two college credits, an OSHA 10 card confirming 10 hours of completed safety training, as well as CPR certification, Garcia said. The manufacturing program also helps employers who benefit from a deeper pool of local talent, said Steve Willobee, chief operating officer of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, or LEAP.


The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program runs from July 7-August 18 and includes four sessions preparing students for front-line work. The course is open to 20 students and those who finish will receive their certification from the MSSC, a nationally recognized non-profit focusing on workplace training. A post-course job fair with local employers is also planned as part of the pilot program.


Please click here for the full Lansing State Journal article.


Through Ivy Tech, MSSC awards 13,948 workforce certifications in IN

MSSC has awarded 13,948 workforce certifications to Indiana workers from 2007 to 2015.

"Indiana's workforce requires middle-skill career training, which is the outcome of MSSC-certified employees," said Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder.

"With valuable MSSC certifications in hand, we are arming our students with the skillset and knowledge to get jobs and contribute to our state's workforce."


Please click here for the full Ivy Tech article.


CVC in Texas awarded $200K grant

The Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing Technology program is a MSSC authorized career program designed to develop marketable logistics, supply chain management, and manufacturing skills to be used in operations, warehousing, production, inventory control, distribution, and, transportation. This program will provide diverse career pathways into cross-functional occupational fields (logistics and manufacturing). Texas is second only to California in meeting the supply and demand needs for Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Cedar Valley College (CVC) will address the short-term supply/demand by offering industry certification courses for Certified Logistics Associate (CLA), Certified Logistics Technician (CLT), and Certified Production Technician (CPT); (40 hours) certificates through Continuing Education in 2 weeks or 4 weeks hybrid (fast track) format.

Please click here for the full Focus Daily News article.


JWCC providing what IL employers need

John Wood Community College (JWCC) in IL recognized students who have earned a Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) certificate as part of the Certified Production Technician Program (CPT).

The CPT addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. The program is for front-line manufacturing and includes four assessments: Safety; Quality & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes and Production and Maintenance Awareness. Individuals earn one certificate for each assessment passed.  Individuals who earn the first four certificates will receive full-CPT certification. 

Please click here for the full Quincy Journal article.


OH program prepares manufacturing workers for the workforce

Four local career centers have a free opportunity for those interested in a manufacturing career. The free six-week Introduction to Manufacturing program will be offered at Mahoning County Career & Technical Center, Trumbull County Career & Technical Center, Columbiana County Career & Technical Center and Choffin Career & Technical Center in Ohio.

When students complete the program, they receive six manufacturing credentials including: WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate, OSHA-compliant 10-hour safety for general industry, and the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential.

Also, those who successfully complete the program will be able to interview with local manufacturing companies.

Please click here for the full article.

In This Issue
WIOA implementation and CTE
US Mfg costs as low as China's
College not preparing for job market
Skilled labor tops priorities
Talent shortage grows
Student highlights
Polk State in FL offers manufacturing workshops
LCC in MI focusing on manufacturing with new pilot program
Ivy Tech awards 13, 948 workforce certifications in IN
Cedar Valley in TX awarded grant
JWCC in IL providing what employers need
Ohio program prepares manufacturing workers
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